1. Restaurant: Ramen Brothers
  2. Interview: G.L.A.M.S
  3. Social Media: TikTok
  4. Concert review: GLAMS at Dolhuis Dordrecht
  5. Concert review: LOVEBITES at Patronaat
  6. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  7. Empress Wu
  8. Game review: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
  9. Review: Hallyucon
  10. Concert review: Crossfaith at Patronaat
  11. Concert Review: BTS at Amsterdam Ziggodome
  12. Interview: LOVEBITES
  13. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  14. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  15. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  16. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  17. Drama: Meteor Garden
  18. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  19. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  20. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  21. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  22. Moon festival
  23. Band: LOVEBITES
  24. Chinese Traditional clothing
  25. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  26. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  27. Review: Wish
  28. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  29. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  30. Book: The White Book
  31. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  32. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  33. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  34. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  35. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  36. Artist: Hanggai
  37. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  38. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  39. Produce 101 China
  40. Crossfaith (interview)
  41. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  42. Food: Ramen
  43. Artist: Jackson Wang
  44. Special: BTSXARMY
  45. SPECIAL: BTS
  46. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  47. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  48. 10 years of SHINee
  49. Drama review: Erased
  50. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  51. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  52. Artist: Miyavi
  53. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  54. 10 Korean Proverbs
  55. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  56. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  57. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  58. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  59. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  60. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  61. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  62. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  63. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  64. Religion in Japan
  65. C-Pop
  66. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  67. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  68. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  69. Boygroup: GOT7
  70. Artist: BABYMETAL
  71. Online shopping in China
  72. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  73. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  74. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  75. Boygroup: Day6
  76. Drama Review: Last Friend
  77. Valentine’s day in China
  78. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  79. Valentine’s day in Korea
  80. Valentine’s day in Japan
  81. Terracotta Army
  82. Beauty in Korea
  83. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  84. Chinese New Year
  85. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  86. Review: Snackfever subscription
  87. Cat Cafe
  88. Religion in China
  89. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  90. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  91. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  92. Review: Kaomoji
  93. Chopsticks
  94. Drama Review: Save Me
  95. LGBT in Japan
  96. Artist: Zhao Lei
  97. The power of BB Cream
  98. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  99. LGBT in China
  100. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  101. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  102. Rental bikes
  103. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  104. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  105. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  106. The Three Sovereigns
  107. LGTB in South Korea
  108. Japanese street food
  109. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  110. Mumun Pottery
  111. Boygroup: SF9
  112. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  113. Izanagi & Izanami
  114. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  115. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  116. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  117. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  118. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  119. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  120. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  121. Halloween in Japan
  122. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  123. Halloween in China
  124. Halloween in Korea
  125. Social Media in China? No!
  126. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  127. Camera Japan Festival
  128. Movie Review: Noise
  129. Heungbu and Nolbu
  130. Konpeitō
  131. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  132. Chinese Street Food
  133. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  134. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  135. Jeulmun Pottery
  136. Boyband: NEWS
  137. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  138. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  139. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  140. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  141. Review: Hite
  142. The Rising Sun Flag
  143. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  144. Drama review: Hwarang
  145. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
Monday, December 17, 2018
  1. Restaurant: Ramen Brothers
  2. Interview: G.L.A.M.S
  3. Social Media: TikTok
  4. Concert review: GLAMS at Dolhuis Dordrecht
  5. Concert review: LOVEBITES at Patronaat
  6. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  7. Empress Wu
  8. Game review: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
  9. Review: Hallyucon
  10. Concert review: Crossfaith at Patronaat
  11. Concert Review: BTS at Amsterdam Ziggodome
  12. Interview: LOVEBITES
  13. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  14. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  15. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  16. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  17. Drama: Meteor Garden
  18. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  19. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  20. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  21. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  22. Moon festival
  23. Band: LOVEBITES
  24. Chinese Traditional clothing
  25. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  26. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  27. Review: Wish
  28. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  29. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  30. Book: The White Book
  31. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  32. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  33. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  34. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  35. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  36. Artist: Hanggai
  37. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  38. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  39. Produce 101 China
  40. Crossfaith (interview)
  41. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  42. Food: Ramen
  43. Artist: Jackson Wang
  44. Special: BTSXARMY
  45. SPECIAL: BTS
  46. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  47. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  48. 10 years of SHINee
  49. Drama review: Erased
  50. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  51. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  52. Artist: Miyavi
  53. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  54. 10 Korean Proverbs
  55. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  56. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  57. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  58. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  59. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  60. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  61. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  62. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  63. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  64. Religion in Japan
  65. C-Pop
  66. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  67. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  68. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  69. Boygroup: GOT7
  70. Artist: BABYMETAL
  71. Online shopping in China
  72. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  73. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  74. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  75. Boygroup: Day6
  76. Drama Review: Last Friend
  77. Valentine’s day in China
  78. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  79. Valentine’s day in Korea
  80. Valentine’s day in Japan
  81. Terracotta Army
  82. Beauty in Korea
  83. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  84. Chinese New Year
  85. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  86. Review: Snackfever subscription
  87. Cat Cafe
  88. Religion in China
  89. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  90. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  91. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  92. Review: Kaomoji
  93. Chopsticks
  94. Drama Review: Save Me
  95. LGBT in Japan
  96. Artist: Zhao Lei
  97. The power of BB Cream
  98. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  99. LGBT in China
  100. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  101. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  102. Rental bikes
  103. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  104. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  105. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  106. The Three Sovereigns
  107. LGTB in South Korea
  108. Japanese street food
  109. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  110. Mumun Pottery
  111. Boygroup: SF9
  112. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  113. Izanagi & Izanami
  114. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  115. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  116. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  117. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  118. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  119. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  120. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  121. Halloween in Japan
  122. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  123. Halloween in China
  124. Halloween in Korea
  125. Social Media in China? No!
  126. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  127. Camera Japan Festival
  128. Movie Review: Noise
  129. Heungbu and Nolbu
  130. Konpeitō
  131. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  132. Chinese Street Food
  133. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  134. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  135. Jeulmun Pottery
  136. Boyband: NEWS
  137. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  138. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  139. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  140. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  141. Review: Hite
  142. The Rising Sun Flag
  143. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  144. Drama review: Hwarang
  145. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
HipHop: Higher Brothers
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HipHop is a relatively new thing in mainland China, having made it’s first entry in 1984 by Chinese embassy workers or businessmen and their families bringing videotapes of movies which featured hiphop (movies like BEAT STREET) from America and Europe. The first nightclub that started playing rap/hiphop was Juliana’s in Beijing. Juliana’s was the only club that received monthly records from London of music labels featuring hiphop artists. A few more clubs played hiphop from 1992 but it wasn’t until 2003 that hiphop became more mainstream.

Due to the many years of censorship, which is still very much in effect,  it’s been rather hard for hiphop artists to find ground and break through to the more mainstream crowd as hiphop artists usually glorify sex, drugs and alcohol, all regularly banned of Chinese media. If it isn’t for the government pushing them back down, one of the groups not letting themselves be put down is a group called Higher Brothers. Though starting in a large Sichuan based rap collective MaSiWei (马思唯, formerly known as OG Skippy), DZknow (丁震, also known as KnowKnow or simply DZ), Psy.P (杨俊逸), and Melo (谢宇杰) formed the group Higher Brothers in 2016 in Chengdu, China. Having signed under american based labels 88Rising and Empire distribution they released a mixtape called Higher Brothers Mixtape that featured 19 songs, two of which were later released on their debut album Black Cab. Higher brothers are mostly known for their trap style sichuanese mandarin rap mixed with english verses and since they’ve been touring with 88rising in America their name has only become bigger.


History
The men found their way together when all the members of the collective were living together, Psy p. and Melo already rapping together this way in 2011. MaSiWei joined them in 2013 and finally DZ joined them last. As they were on each others lip in the dorms the rap collective rented MaSi Wei, Psy p. and DZ started making songs together and Melo finally joined the group since he’d already worked with Psy p. After releasing their first mixtape and having it played by a famous DJ, the owner of 88rising quickly contacted them through email, demanding they needed to join his label due to their work ethic and charismatic appearance. Being different from most Chinese hiphop artists, they really loved and respected the sound but gave it their own spin.

Many hiphop artists have spoken about how it’s very hard for caucasian and asian artists to break through in the hiphop scene because usually it’s felt as appropriation and there’s a fine line between mocking it and actual appreciation of the art form. According to many of these artists Higher Brothers is one of the few that truly display the art. This and the internet created a big platform for Higher brothers to break through and set out on multiple American tours, most of them sold out by Asian crowds.

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Personal opinion
I told the other writers that I was going to step out of my own music scene and browse to find a good group to write about, accidentally stumbling onto Higher Brothers and ending up surprised with how much I enjoyed their music. They’ve been playing on my spotify almost nonstop since I found them. If you need a new artist and want to be surprised check out these fella’s and their awesome songs.

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